Crossposted from Antemedius
Economist, Author, and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Richard D. Wolff, well-known for his work on Marxian economics, economic methodology and class analysis, Yale University Ph.D. in Economics, and Professor at The New School University in New York City, talks with Real News CEO Paul Jay about the current health care debate and the challenges or barriers standing in the way of a national U.S. single payer plan.
Wolff suggests keeping in mind some basic facts - the U.S. spends far more for far less health care "product" than any other advanced country in the world, and suggests a return to the the old American prideful mindset of "if we're not producing the best quality at the lowest price we should go and find out who's doing that and replicate their experience", and points out that the number one thing standing in the way of doing this is the lack of will to challenge the status quo and to do what everyone already knows needs to be done: spend less to get more.
In other words, Wolff opines, Obama must "mobilize or accept the status quo" and "make his party vote for real health care reform", instead of making the lame this is the best we can get excuses that may very well destroy his presidency along with screwing millions of Americans out of proper health care.
Wolff effectively asks: "Whatever happened to American Exceptionalism?"